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Straffe Hendrik Heritage - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oak Aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2012)
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is getting reviews lower that they should be because it will be misunderstood unless the reviewer knows what barrel aging a beer Belgian style does. Think Oud Bruin, or Flanders Red.

Appearance: Somewhere between dark amber and garnet. Light slightly rocky head, thins to fine white traces like clouds in a satellite weather photo.

Smell: Caramel, fig, deeply roasted beef, bay, mustard, slightly musty oak (Hungarian?), a touch of fruity tart Brett A/C notes. Savory complex.

Taste: Fig, golden raisins, barrel toast and oak tannins, slight astringency, touch of funk and tartness like Brett A/C in the barrel wood. Richly complex. Oud Bruin characters all over it.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, far lighter than the base Quad - but you'd expect that from Brett in the barrel. Effervescent carbonation. Slightly dry. Finishes slippery, sweet, and dry on the edges.

Overall: This is what you would expect when a huge and rich Quad like Straffe Hendrik meets barrels with a touch of Brett A/C. Thinning of the body, slight funk, slight tart/sourness.

Do not expect a Quad. Expect a Quad deeply and positively influenced by all the best characters of a sublime oak barrel aged Oud Bruin.

Wonderful.

dfernandez77, Feb 17, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours thick and deep chocolate brown. Thick tan head with excellent lacing.

Fruity, malty aroma. Very complex, dark fruit like plum, caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast, rum. A wonderful combination.

Sweet and warming. Thick toffee and caramel, notes of rum and burnt sugar.

Slight acidity and tang in the finish.

Full bodied and creamy.

Wow, excellent beer! Like a great Belgian Quad with just a hint of barrel aging and sourness in the finish, what a great beer! So complex and full, every sip leaves you wanting another.

LeeryLeprechaun, Apr 19, 2014
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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 7056. A bit pricy but I'm glad I picked up the last bottle at Discount in Milwaukee. Visited the brewery in April 2011 and absolutely loved the tour.

A: deep copper rosy color, nice tan head that was amazing and kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: some sourness and malt, pleasant, deep, rich oud bruin, some brett
T: incredibly rich and deep flavor, deep roasted malt, yeastiness, but well-balanced and sourness adds a touch of character
M: creamy, nice CO2 but not over the top, some yeastiness

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4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A

750ml #8746 into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP, pours a deep copper mahogany, a dense towering mocha colored head continues to rise long after the pour stopped exceeding the rim like a muffin top. Recedes leaving clumpy froth hanging, excellent lacing.

Richly seasoned aroma, gingerbread with purple grapes, slightly bittersweet, almost as if a lightly spiced noël. Black cherries, tannins, vanilla and the wood.

The taste is classic quad with the added contribution of the barrel. Very pleasant vinous deep dry twang parts the initial lightly sweet dark fruity goodness and the long evolving grape and barrel mild bitter. A echo of the taste lingers near forever, never fully gone before the next sip. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel, coupled with the tannic nature - tangy.
the world needs more barrel aged quads, delicious
cheers
jd

impending, Apr 14, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what a barrel does to beer. The ever-classy Straffe Hendrik doesn't need a face lift or a makeover, yet a little extra age soaking an oak barrel from the inside out results in a 2.0 version that's even better than the original.

As the best brewed Belgian ales should, the beer billows to the top of the tulip immediately upon first pour. A head of rocky proportions eventually settles and leaves intricate lacing patters on the glass in its wake. Off white froth retains for every second of the session and keeps the savory aromas coming. Dark ruby-ish hues allows little light to show through. This is one sexy looking ale!

With dark fruit a pepper on the nose, the beer's bold and sharp aromas are mildly wine-like with toast, wood, grape and is nearly taffy-like. Vinous notes seem like dry sherry when coupled with scents of blackberry, black currant, and raisin. Sweetness and fruit balance against peppercorn and earthy chicory notes. It's a complex scent that nearly makes the mouth water with anticipation.

Flavors don't disappoint as the tangy sweetness of pulled candy and red wine seep onto the tongue. Its sultry taste invites complementing dry oak, tart berries, cherries, red grape, and raisin to waft over the palate, wave after wave. Surprisingly the impressions of sweetness present themselves, but do so with a dry cotton candy-like taste. Vanilla and black peppercorn battle it out on the light must of wood for a finish of powdered sugar, spicy alcohol, and seared fruit.

Its complicated mouthfeel starts as the carbonation erupts like "Pop Rocks" candies and completely engulfs the mouth with air, pepper, and malt. It causes a rush to finish far before the mouth has fully explored its taste. Its this quick finish that lumps slightly in the throat and leaves a memory of the beer's taste to be appreciated in aftertaste only. Later as the carbonation subsides, the thin sweetness coats the mouth lightly and relies on peppery bite, spicy heat, vinous tartness, and light powdery tannin to wipe clean the malt and start anew.

There are a lot of beers that meet the standard for taste, and some that exceed it. This beer achieves the latter with those intangible savory and succulent tastes and textures that deserve applause. It's a terrific beer that suits the holiday season very, very well.

BEERchitect, Dec 28, 2012
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Straffe Hendrik Heritage from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
93 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.